The Diamond Age

Posted by : atcampbell | On : June 18, 1996

The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson

On June 18 we met at Adventures in Crime and Space bookstore to discuss Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age, a current Hugo nominee. Everyone was favorably inclined toward the book, but opinions ranged from “outstanding but annoying flawed” to “I’m happy he’s finally learned to write a big, complex novel” to “Brilliant! The best thing he’s ever written.” Unfortunately, I didn’t get to finish the novel until a couple of days after the discussion, but I think I agree most strongly with one member’s comment: “The middle 80% of the novel is much better than the beginning or ending 10%”.

Our next meeting will be a pool party at the home of one of the discussion group’s members (see elsewhere in The F.A.C.T. Sheet for details). We’ll be discussing Robert J. Sawyer’s The Terminal Experiment, recent Nebula winner and a current Hugo finalist.

–A. T. Campbell, III